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The Sunni Pledge And What It Contains Of Manifest Falsehoods and Opposition to the Divine Legislation

Part 1: The Verses Pertaining to Unity and Splitting


Imaam ash-Shaatibee said, "And hold fast all of you to the Rope of Allaah and be not divided" (3:103), so He explained that unity (of hearts) only occurs with agreement upon attachment to a single meaning. And as for when every party adheres to a rope other than that adhered to by others, then splitting will definitely occur, and this is the meaning of His, the Most High's saying, "And this is my Straight Path so follow it and do not follow the other paths lest they divert you away from His Path" (6:153)" (al-I'tisaam 2/192).


All praise is due to Allaah and prayers and salutations be upon His Messenger, to proceed:

This recent pledge represents an intellectual and religious domination attempt on behalf of the Ash'aree Soofees, the Mu'attilah, the Mufawwidah and the Mutasawwifah. Its a means by which legitimisation is intended for the madhhab of 'ilm ul-kalaam and of the deviant Ash'aree, Maatureedee creeds, and of Sufi mysticism. The wording has been crafted in such a way to tend towards this objective. The majority or at least a good portion of the signatories are of this inclination (Ash'aree, Soofee). These realities will become apparent as we analyse the pledge in more detail in what is to follow inshaa'Allaah ...

The Signatories

To fully understand the nature of this pledge, you have to realise who are some of the signatories:
  • Faraz Rabbani: Student of Nuh Keller, caller to Shirk (invocation upon the dead in times of need)
  • Jihad Hashim Brown: Student of Saeed Ramadan al-Buti
  • Aisha Faleh ath-Thani: On board of directors of Zaytuna Institute (an organization set up by Hamza Yusuf - essentially promotes Sufism, the Ash'aree aqidah and 'ilm ul-kalaam)
  • Abdallah bin Bayyah: He promotes Milad un-Nabi, and it appears that he is upon the madhhab of Tafweed as his speech is not entirely clear in affirming both the wording and the meaning of the texts of the attributes, he presents the idea that the Salaf affirmed the words and then just passed them on. He is a friend of Yusuf al-Qaradhawi
  • Fuad Nahdi: Businessman (the likes of these people are being treated as people of knowledge!)
  • Hamza Yusuf: Behind the Zaytuna Institute. Soofee, 'aqlaanee, caller to the tasawwuf that entails Shirk, has translated the Burdah of al-Busairi and claimed that aqidah can be learned in ten minutes in the deserts of Mauritania and also said that the overly concern with aqidah is a sickness in the minds of the muslims.
  • Ibrahim Osi-Efa: Soofee, studied with al-Habib Ali al-Jifri (the latter is an open caller to shirk and kufr
  • Muhammad ibn Adam: Hanafee Soofee, studied under the Soofees, Mutasawwifa of Syria, calls to Shirk (istigaathah from the dead)
  • Shamira Chothia Ahmed: Teacher at the Zaytuna Institute, a fountain for the Soofee Ash'aree creed
  • Usama Canon: Affiliated with Zaytuna Institute, sits in the gatherings of Habib Ali al-Jifri (open caller to shirk and kufr) for nasheeds
  • Yahya Rhodus:  Soofee, studied under Habib Ali al-Jifri (open caller to shirk and kufr), affiliated with Zaytuna Institute



The authors of the pledge began with the saying of Allaah the Most High: "And hold fast to the rope of Allaah, all of you together, and do not split and divide ... (3:105)".

And there are a number of issues here:

Firstly: The true meaning of this verse in accordance with the tafseer (exegesis) of the Salaf us-Salih is the following:

  • that the rope of Allaah is the Qu'ran.
  • that the rope of Allaah is Islam.
  • that the rope of Allaah is the Jamaa'ah.
  • that the rope of Allaah is His covenant (i.e. to worship Him alone) and His Command (i.e. His Sharee'ah)
  • that the rope of Allaah is singling Him out with Tawheed in all sincerity.
Thus the meaning of this verse is to adhere to the Qur'aan, the Jamaa'ah, the Covenant of Allaah, and to the Tawheed of Allaah with sincerity. Refer to Tafseer at-Tabaree.

Some of the narrations from at-Tabaree regarding this verse:
  • Abdullaah bin Mas'ood: "It is the Jamaa'ah"
  • Qataadah: "The Rope of Allaah regarding which He ordered adherence to is this Qur'an"
  • As-Sudee: "As for the Rope of Allaah it is the Qur'an".
  • 'Ataa: "The covenant (al-ahd)".
  • Abul-Aaliyah: "Hold fast to sincerity to Allaah alone"

As for the saying of Allaah: "And do not split and divide":

At-Tabaree says: "Do not split and divide from Allaah's religion and covenant which He has made binding upon you in His Book of harmony and unity upon His obedience and obedience of the Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) and ending only at his command ... and Abul-Aaliyah said: "Do not harbour enmity over it" he says over sincerity to Allaah, and be brothers upon it".

And then at-Tabaree quotes the hadeeth of iftiraaq, the splitting of the Ummah into sects. Anas bin Malik reports that the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said: Indeed Bani Israil split into seventy-two sects and indeed my ummah will split into seventy-two sects, all of them are in the Fire except for one. He said: It was said "O Messenger of Allaah, which is this one?". He then grabbed his hand and said, "al-Jamaa'ah".

Sidenote
And Ishaaq ibn Raahawaayah (d.238), the teacher of Imaam Bukhaare, said: "If you were to ask the ignorant people about the Great Majority they would say: The majority of people. They do not know that al-Jamaa'ah is the Scholar who clings to the narrations from the Prophet  and his way. So whoever is with him (the scholar) and follows him, then he is al-Jamaa'ah" Reported by Abu Nu'aym in Hilyat ul-Awliyaah.

And Imaam ash-Shaatibee (d. 790H) said:"So consider what he (Ishaaq bin Raahawaih) quotes and it will then be clear to you the error of those who think that the Jamaa'ah is the main body or the majority of people, even if there is no scholar amongst them. This is the understanding of the common people - not the understanding of the Scholars. So the person who desires right guidance in this matter should place his feet firmly in those places where slips occur, so that he does not deviate from the correct way - and there is no well-being and correct guidance except from Allaah" Al-I'tisaam (2/267)


Ibn Katheer says, "And they were made to fear splitting and differing, and that has occurred in this Ummah. They have split into seventy-three seects amongst them is just one that is delivered to Paradise and saved from the punishment of the Fire, and they are the ones who are upon what the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and his companions were upon."

And al-Qurtubee says in his tafseer of this verse, "Abul-Faraj al-Jawzee said: "If it is said that these sects are well known, then the the answer is that we know the splitting and the foundations of the sects, and that every sect has further divided into more sects, even if we do not know the names of those sects and their madhaahib. For the usool (foundations) of the sects of the Harooriyyah, the Qadariyyah, the Jahmiyyah, the Murji'ah, the Raafidah and the Jabariyyah are apparent to us". [al-Qurtubi continues] And some of the people of knowledge have said, "The foundation of the astray sects are these six sects", and each sect has divided into 12 sects, and thus they became seventy-two sects."

Secondly: It is known that the Qur'an is explained by the Qur'an and thus other verses in the Qur'an help us to understand this issue further. Allah the Most High says, "And this is my Straight Path so follow it and do not follow the other paths lest they divert you away from His Path" (6:153).

Imaam us-Shaatibee said:
quote:
The `Siraat ul-Mustaqeem? (Straight Path) is the path to which Allaah has called and that is the Sunnah. And `Subul (other paths) are the paths of the people of disagreement who turn away from the Straight Path, and they are the People of Innovation. And the intent here is not the `paths of disobedience? because no one makes disobedience a path that he continuously treads upon - in imitation of and resemblance to the legislation, but rather this description is specifically for the invented innovations.

And what Ismaa?eel has narrated from Sulaimaan bin Harb gives evidence to this: ?Hammaad bin Zaid narrated to us from `Aasim bin Bahdalah from Abu Waa?il from Abdullaah [Ibn `Abbaas] who said: `One Day the Messenger (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam) drew for us a long, straight line? and then Sulaimaan drew for us a long, straight line, `and then he drew lines to its right and to its left and then said: This is the Path of Allaah. Then he drew lines to its right and to its left and said: These are different paths, upon each of these ways is a devil calling to it?, and then he recited the verse:

And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths? [Al-An?aam 6:153]

meaning these paths

?for they will separate you away from His Path Al-An?aam 6:153]

Bikr bin `Alaa said: ?He meant the devils amongst men and these are the innovations and Allaah knows best.

... And Mujaahid said about the saying of Allaah:

...and follow not (other) paths [Al-An?aam 6:153]

"The innovations and doubts."


And ash-Shaatibee says about the verse in al-An'aam (6:159), "This is a verse that was revealed - according to the Mufassireen - regarding the people of innovations" (al-I'tisaam 3/167) and ash-Shaatibee also said regarding the same verse, "Verily those who split their religion and become sects ...", he said, "So he made this division related to the religion, and the word "deen (religion)" includes beliefs (aqaa'id) and other than them". (al-I'tisaam 3/174).

And Ibn Katheer said about this verse, "And what is apparent is that the verse is general regarding everyone who separated from the deen of Allaah and became opposed to it. For Allah sent His Messenger with the guidance and true religion to make it prevail over all other religions and His legislation is one, there is no differing therein, and nor division. Thus whoever differed regarding it and became parties, meaning sects, such as the various beliefs, creeds, desires and misguidances, then Allah the Most High, has freed the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) from that which they are upon..."

At Tabaree quotes:
  • Abu Hurairah: "This verse was revealed regarding this Ummah".
  • Abu Hurairah: "They are the people of misguidance".
And he [at-Tabaree] also says about the end of this verse, "Verily their affair is with Allaah", He says, ""He [Allah] says: I am the one to whom will come the affair of those mushriks who separated from their religion and became sects, and the innovators from your ummah who deviated your way, as opposed to (coming to) you and anyone else."

And al-Qurtubee said: "And everyone who innovated and came with that which Allah has not commanded has split his religion."

And al-Baghawee said regarding this verse: "They are the people of innovations and desires" (Sharh us-Sunnah 1/210).

In fact, all of the verses that prohibit splitting and differing are of this meaning in accordance with the tafseer of the Salaf, those most knowledgeable of the intended meanings and applications of the verses of the Qur'aan.

Thirdly: It is now established from the above (and the quotations in this regard from the mufassireen, the ulamaa' and the salaf in general are numerous) that the meanings of the above verses are summarised as follows: That we are commanded to hold onto the deen of Allaah which is His Book, His Tawheed, His Commands, obedience to Him and His Messenger, to adhere to the Jamaa'ah which is whoever is upon the truth, to not split and differ in the religion (i.e. in religious issues in the beliefs and foundations of the religion) and that those who do so are the people of innovations and desires who are to be shunned and avoided, and that unity is only based upon the Rope of Allaah and freedom from all that opposes it from the innovations, doubts, desires, sects and groups.

This is the meaning that has been transmitted from the Sahaabah, the Taabi'een, their followers and those following upon their path.

Fourthly: In light of the above, the usage of these verses as an opening to this pledge is contradictory since the true meaning of this verse clashes and contradicts with the essence of the pledge. Thus this is twisting the words of Allaah and applying them with other than their intended meanings. Unity is not physical unity of bodies and shoving aside differences in fundamentals, but it is unity of the hearts which is based on upon a sound and correct belief, upon agreement upon the foundations and particulars of Tawheed.

The various factions therefore, such as the Ash'arees, the Soofees and the sects in general, are upon a perpetuation of the very differing and splitting that is warned against in these verses, for they oppose the Shar'eeah in their aqaa'id and their 'ibaadaat.

Whereas the Qur'an and the Sunnah treat these groups, their beliefs and methodologies as splitting and differing, this pledge aims to treat them as legitimate forms of differing and as being from the Rope of Allah. Some of the signatories such as Yasir al-Qadhi go on to make even bolder and brasher claims, beyond what is in this pledge, as will be uncovered in what is to come inshaa'allaah.

This pledge is an attempt to make truth falsehood, and falsehood truth, as we will see later inshaa'allaah when we look at the statements of some of the signatories. It starts with falsehood from the very outset - using verses whose meanings are the antithesis of what is to follow in the rest of it.

And this indicates the collective ignorance of the signatories and their turning away from the Scholars and the Inheritors of the Prophets in understanding and applying the Book of Allaah.

They seek to legitimize the splitting and differing that is condemned in these verses, by using these very same verses with a meaning opposite to what was actually intended by Allah the Most High.

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Shaikh Ubaid Al-Jaabiree's Response to the Pledge

All praise is due to Allaah and i testify that none has the reight to be worshipped except Allaah and that Muhammad is His final Messenger sent to mankind, Amma Ba'ad:

After translating Yasser Qadhi's speech found on the Website ***********.org concerning the pledge of cooperation with the Sufi's etc. to Sheikh Ubayd ibn Abdillah al-Jaabiree, he then replied briefly with the following. The sitting took place yesterday 21st October 2007 9th Shawwal 1428.

Update 9.25.07 by Yasser Qadhi.

Yasser Qadhi said,

quote:
"The fundamental issues of creed, as embodied in the famous Hadeeth of Jibreel, are simple, and it is not a requirement of Islam that every single Muslim be cognizant of the more abstruse issues of theology.
- The situation and times we live in warrants an even more concerted effort to achieve unity amongst Muslims, and avoid splintering to the greatest extent possible.
- Disputations of more complex issues of theology need to be conducted by people who are trained in these sciences, and not by lay-Muslims. Additionally, even when such discussions take place, they should be done in accordance with proper Islamic etiquette.
- No charges of takfeer should be labeled against other Sunni groups or scholars, and neither should the motives or character of those who profess alternate theologies within Sunni Islam be impugned due to their allegiance to that theology."


Sheikh Ubayd al-Jaabiree said,

quote:
"This shows they don't distinguish between the correct paths from the misguided ones so they melt together and the result is innovation for Ahlu Sunnah do not have different beliefs."


Yasser Qadhi said,

quote:
"I personally have no qualms considering these groups within the broad fold of Sunni Islam."


Sheikh Ubayd al-Jaabiree said,

quote:
"All of this is corrupt stemming from the false principle 'al-Ma'dhira wa Ta'aawun' ? making excuses and cooperation with the misguided groups."


Yasser Qadhi said,

quote:
"The pious predecessors of these generations freed themselves from the dialectic theology known as the science of kalaam, and from the theological positions that were derived from this science. And this is something that I too hold to, and consider Sunni Islam at that pure and blessed stage to have been nothing other than the beliefs of these pious predecessors."


Sheikh Ubayd al-Jaabiree said,

quote:
"If he was to follow truly their way he wouldn't have signed the pledge with these Sufi's and he would have been upright upon the Sunnah even if no one were to follow him."


Yasser Qadhi said,

quote:
"What combines these various strands (for example, the veneration of all of the Companions of the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, and a sincere attempt to understand and implement the Prophetic Sunnah as preserved in the Sunni canonical traditions such as the Saheehs al-Bukhari and Muslim, amongst other issues) is much greater than what disunites them, especially vis-à-vis other groups."


Sheikh Ubayd al-Jaabiree said,

quote:
"I seek refuge in Allaah, this is the speech of the ignorant and those that play games".


Yasser Qadhi said,

quote:
"These differences have existed within Sunni Islam (in the broad sense of the term) for the last twelve centuries, and the fact of the matter is that, barring some sort of Divine Intervention, it does not appear that these difference will leave us any time soon. Therefore there needs to be a more pragmatic and realistic attempt at cooperation, one that retains our traditionalisms and respects our historical traditions, yet at the same time takes into account the context of our current political and social situation."


Sheikh Ubayd said,

quote:
"He lies here, there is no differences in Aqeedah between Ahlu Sunnah rather they are in agreement with regards its fundamental principles."


Yasser Qadhi said,

quote:
"On a personal note, I am very happy that Allah blessed me to be a part of this process from its very inception. Although I am very passionate about the specific theological doctrines that I hold to be correct (and all those whom I?ve had the privilege to teach can attest to that), I believe that there is a time, a place, an audience and a methodology for dealing with such issues. And I also believe that such issues need to be put into perspective, taking into account our local, national, and international situation. Even if I disagree with some specific theological doctrines of other signatories, I am proud to call all of them my brothers in faith; I am always honored to be in their company; I am eager to further my relationship with them; I sense a genuine spirit of Islamic brotherhood whilst amongst them; I wish the best for them and their da`wah; I am desirous to benefit from their wisdom and knowledge; and I consider myself the least amongst them in piety and taqwa."


Sheikh ubayd al-Jaabiree said,

quote:
"Ahlu sunnah are not happy with the innovators. This is the speech of the Ikhwaan al-Muslimeen."


Yasser Qadhi said,

quote:
"I am desirous to benefit from their wisdom and knowledge; and I consider myself the least amongst them in piety and taqwa."


Sheikh Ubayd al-Jaabiree said,

quote:
"Mashaallaah, they don't have taqwa they have misguidance."


By: Yasir Qadhi on September 3rd, 2007

quote:
"The ?agreement? that many of the du?aat have already reached, and which will be publicized shortly, is about a code of disagreement (adab al-ikhtilaf) and not about legitimizing any one theology over another."


Sheikh Ubayd al-Jaabiree said,

quote:
"This is a way of going away from the topic and not adab al-ikhtilaaf. Ahlu Sunnah do not consider making agreements like this with the innovators as adab al-ikhtilaf."


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What do the Imaams Abu Haneefah, Malik, & Shafi'ee (rahimahumullaah) say about the Sufi's?

Translated by Abdulilah ibn Rabah Lahmami

In his book 'Ma'alim Suluk' of  al-Habeeb Ali Jeffrey, the Sufi deviant, (p.69):

quote:
"Imam Shaf'iee, Imam Malik, Imam Abu Haneefah are the scholars of this tareeq (Sufi path)." !!


What does Imam Malik (rahimahullaah) say about the Sufi's?

In Tarteeb al-Madaarik by Qaadi 'Iyyaadh (2/54) at-Teneesee:

quote:
"We were with Malik and his companions around him. A man from the people of Naseebeen said, "We have a people called Sufi's who eat a lot then they mention lines of poetry and then they stand up to dance?"
Malik (rahimahullaah) said, "Are they children?"
He said, "no."
Malik (rahimahullaah) said, "Are they possessed?"
He said, "no, they are elderly and usually sane (when they are not doing that)."
Malik (rahimahullaah) said, "I never heard anyone from the people of Islam doing this.!!"
The man said, "rather they eat then they stand and dance. Some of them hitting their heads and some their faces." So Malik (rahimahullaah) laughed and then stood up and went to his house. The companions of Malik (rahimahullaah) said to the man you were fortunate with our companion since we sat with him for thirty odd years, we never saw him laugh except on this day."


What do Imam ash-Shaf'ee (rahimahullaah) and his students say about the Sufi's?

Baihaqee reports in Manaqib ash-Shaaf'ee,

quote:
"If a man becomes a Sufi in the first part of the day, by the time Zhohr comes upon him you will find him crazy."


Rabee' ibn Sulaiman reports: I heard ash-Shaf'ee say,

quote:
"I have never seen a sane Sufi except for Muslim al-Khawas."


Ibrahim ibn Mawlid mentions that ash-Shaf'ee said,

quote:
"A Sufi cannot be a Sufi unless he has four characteristics; he is lazy, he eats too much, sleeps too much with much excretion."


Ibn Jawzi in Talbees Iblees p.371 said that ash-Shaf'ee said,

quote:
"The sanity of a person never returned to the who continued to stay with a Sufi for 40 days."


Imam ad-Deen as-Subki ash-Shaf'ee,

quote:
"whoever is from these later generation Sufi's such as Ibn Arabi and other than him, then they are misguided, ignorant and outside of the path of Islam let alone be considered as scholars." [See the book Tanbeeh al-Ghabi of Imam Burhaan al-Biqaa'ee ash-Shaf'ee p.68]



What is Abu Haneefah's (rahimahullaah) position on the Sufi's?

Imam Tartoushi al-Maliki (451H-520H) was asked about the Sufi's so he said,

quote:
"The Madhab of the Sufi's is futile, ignorance, misguidance? and it is not allowed for anyone who believes in Allaah and the last day to be present with them, nor to help them upon their baseless ways and this is the way of Malik, Abu Haneefah, ash-Shaf'ee and other than them from the scholars of the Muslims and to Allaah belongs success."[See Tafseer Qurtubi 11/237/238]


Al-Habeeb Ali Jeffrey states on p. 219 'Ma'alim Suluk' The sheikh of their Sufi Tareeqa Muhammad ibn 'Ali Ba'lawi prays in a day and night 1000 units of prayer!!!

If one prays 2 units of prayer in 5 minutes then in 24 hours he would be able to pray (24*24) 576 units of prayer! Which means he must be praying 2 units of prayer in about 2 minutes (very quick), what about eating? Sleeping? Going to the mosque to pray the obligatory prayer? Looking after family and children?!!!  

[The above quotes are from p.93,96-97,100,104 of 'Ila ayna ayoha al-Habeeb al-Jeffrey' by Dr. Khaldoon Maki al-Husni al-Jazaa-iri].

Imam Malik (rahimahullaah) was born in the year 93 Hijrah and died in the year 179 Hijrah. Imam as-Shaf'ee was born in year 150 Hijrah and died in the 204 Hijrah. Sufi's past and present are and were considered to be deviants due to their Shirk, Bid'ah, and superstitious practices etc. The later Sufi's being even worse in their belief and practice.

Yasir Qadhi says,

quote:
"I personally have no qualms considering these groups within the broad fold of Sunni Islam".


Now you can see how dangerous a pledge of agreement with the likes of the students of the Sufi deviant al-Habeeb Ali Jeffrey and Hasan Saqqaf or even with those who love them.

Here below is and example and the result of cooperating with the innovators:

quote:

"THE BEST OF PEOPLE ARE THOSE WHO ARE OF MOST BENEFIT TO OTHERS"

With

'Shaykh' Habib Kazim al-Saqqaf (Yemen)*
'Shaykh' Abdal Hakim Murad (Cambridge University)*
Sidi Abu 'Aaliyah (Director of Jawziyyah Institute)* Currently he teaches and serves as one of the Jumu'ah Khateeb's at Masjid Al-Tawhid in East London.

Date: Thursday 8th February 2007


Note: Sidi is a term commonly used by mystic sufis.

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Shaykh al-Albaanee on Uniting with the Ash'arees, Soofees and Maatureedees


The noble muhaddith, Imaam Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee rahimahullaah clarifies the futility of those who want to unite Salafees along with Soofees, Ash'arees and Maatureedees, with the argument that if we overlook our major differences, we will then be able to face the enemies of Islaam and the Muslims.  As the Shaykh explains, such people want us to abolish the Sharee'ah of Allaah for the sake of this superficial and ill-conceived unity.

http://sunnahpublishing.net/audio/unityasharee.wma

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The Sunni Pledge And What It Contains Of Manifest Falsehoods and Opposition to the Divine Legislation

Part 2: The Opening Premises of Justification - The First Paragraph


Al-Khattaabee said: "As for splitting in opinions and religious (affairs), then it is prohibited for the intellects, unlawful in the foundational issues (of the religion) because it (the differing) is a caller to misguidance and a cause of discontinuation and neglect. And if all the people were left divided, then the opinions and religious (beliefs) would have divided (further) and the religions would have increased, and there would have been no benefit in the sending of the Messenger. And this is what has been rebuked by Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, [rebuke] of splitting in His Book and He censured it in the verses whose mention has already preceded." (al-Uzlah, p.57-58)


Ibn al-Qayyim said: "Indeed the path that reaches to Allaah is one. And it is whatever He sent His Messengers with, and revealed His Books with. No one can reach Him except by this way. And if the people came from every other way and opend up every single door, the paths would [turn out to] be closed upon them, and the doors would be locked, except this way, for it is connected to Allaah, and [makes on] reach Allaah.(at-Tafseer ul-Qayyim, p.14-15).


All praise is due to Allaah and prayers and salutations be upon His Messenger, to proceed:

The authors of the pledge, after quoting the abovementioned verses, went on to justify their opening five premises, which are the basis for their call in the rest of the pledge.

They said:
quote:
In light of the Divine Word, we recognize that the historical nature of Sunni Islam is a broad one that proceeds from a shared respect for the Qur?an and Sunnah, a shared dependence on the interpretations and derivations of the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them), and a shared respect for the writings of a vast array of scholars who have been identified by their support for and affiliation with the Sunni Muslims and have been accepted as the luminaries of Sunni Islam - as broadly defined.



Issues Against This Opening Premise

Firstly: Their saying, "In light of the Divine Word ..."

If they mean by "the Divine Word", the verses they have just quoted then they are are claiming that the command to unity and forbiddence of differing and splitting is one that allows the accommodation of all of the variant, false and deviant beliefs that are found amongst the groups and sects.

In any case, which Divine Word is there that establishes that the historical nature of Sunni Islam is a broad one that is inclusive of the deviant sects?! Is there a verse in the Book of Allaah that establishes this? On the contrary we see the Book of Allaah in total opposition to this.

Thus, the opening of the pledge begins with a lie against Allaah's Book and a lie against the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) for he forbade the newly invented matters and warned from them, and foretold the splitting of the Ummah into sects and desires. Thus the imposition of this meaning upon these verses is an attempted fraud upon the religion, and using them to claim that Sunni Islam is a broad one that includes the Ash'arees, the Soofees, the Jahmiyhah, the Maatureediyyah, the Mu'tazilah, the Qadariyyah, the Jabariyyah, the Murji'ah, the Mufawwidah, the Mutasawwifah and all the other deviant groups is deception.

Secondly: Next they say, "... we recognize that the historical nature of Sunni Islam is a broad one ...".

There are a number of issues here:

a) The pledge begins by asserting a false premise and also by using the term "Sunni Islam" in order to include all of the astray sects and whatever they are upon into that which is supposedly acceptable to Allaah, the Most High. In addition to that the use of " ... a broad one...". These are the new terms being used by these people, Yasir al-Qadhi included. These are the new buzzwords, "broad Sunni Islam", "authentic scholarship", "traditional Islam" and so on. When you hear these words, then what is intended is a legitimization of the astray sects, their beliefs and their practices. And this is a consequence of the pledge. These terms are common amongst the Soofees and its a means by which they deceive the people.

b) What falsifies this premise of the pledge is the saying of Allaah, "And this is my Straight Path so follow it and do not follow the other paths lest they divert you away from His Path" (6:153) and refer to the tafseer of this verse as has already preceded above. And likewise the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said, "My Ummah will split into seventy three sects, all of them in the Fire except for one". It was said "What is the one group?" He said, "That which I and my companions are upon today". at-Tirmidhi. And he (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) used to say at the beginning of his lectures, "and the best speech is the Speech of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam) , and the worst of all affairs are the newly invented matters (in the religion)" (Muslim) and there are many more texts of this nature.

c) The "true Sunni Islam" is whatever the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and his companions were upon in terms of creed, worship and methodology. And everything that opposes it is misguidance, falsehood. Abu Bakr bin 'Ayyaash was asked, "Who is the Sunni", he replied, "The one how does not become angry when the desires (i.e. innovations) are mentioned". The scholars of the early generations authored books when the innovations and desires appeared and they called these books "as-Sunnah", such as the book of Abdullaah bin Imaam Ahmad, and Ibn Abee Aasim and al-Khallaal, and likewise al-Baghawee's Sharh us-Sunnah, in explanation of the creed that is opposed to that of the innovators who emerged. The Sunni is one who adheres to that which they were upon and which they clarified. True Sunni Islam, historically speaking did not have a broad nature. This is an attempt to falsify history, by claiming true Sunni Islam to be something more than what it actually was and is. In fact, a sincere look at the history of the Islamic Ummah from the time of the Companions to just four centuries later will show conclusively that the nature of the Sunni Islam was not a broad one, far from it. For they rejected the innovations and the people of innovation, and the contemporary innovations are the same as those historical innovations.

Thus this pledge attempts to use broad general terms with a view to comprising false creeds and deviant methodologies and to distort and obfuscate (mix, obscure) the real historical nature of the true Sunni Islam, and then fraudulently claim that this is a recognition based upon the Divine Word. And we have signatories such as Yasir al-Qadhi and Tawfique Chaudhury partaking in all of this, agreeing to this wording, signing it, and promulgating it amongst the masses.

Thirdly: They say: "...a broad one that proceeds from a shared respect for the Qur?an and Sunnah ..."

This is another sweeping statement aimed to falsifying the true picture. Since when has the Jahmite had respect for the Qur'aan and the Sunnah? Or the Mu'tazilee? Or the Ash'aree who makes tahreef of its verses, denies its plain and obvious meanings (such as Allaah being above the Throne).

If a person took the Qur'aan upon the tafseer of the Messenger, the Sahaabah and the Taabi'een in all issues but then departed from them in the meanings of the verses relating to the Attributes, then he has not respected the Qur'an.

Does the Kharijite respect the Qur'an by neglecting the verses of wa'd (promise). Does the Murji' respect the Qur'an by neglecting the verses of wa'eed (threat)?

Does the Jahmee respect the Sunnah? What was the practice of the Salaf towards one who rejected a single authentic narration ascribed to the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam). Does the Ash'aree respect the Sunnah, especially the explicit statements of the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) affirming Allaah's uluww?

Does the Ash'aree respect the saying of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam)  "Show mercy to the one on Earth so that the One above the heaven will show mercy to you." Does the Ash'aree respect the saying of Allaah, "And He is al-Qaahir, above His servants", or the saying of Allaah, "Ar-Rahmaan has ascended above the Throne"?

The reality is that anyone who deviates and innovates is not respectful towards the Qur'aan, and this is indeed the lot of the various astray groups including the Ash'arees, the Maatureedees, the Jahmiyyah and the Soofees in general, for they oppose the Qur'aan and the Sunnah in their beliefs and in their innovated forms of worship.

What can be said when we have some signatories on this pledge who are open callers to Shirk? The making of istigaathah from the Prophets and the dead? Have they respected the Qur'aan?

Imam Malik stated, "Whoever innovates something in Islam while considering it to be  something good has claimed that Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was treacherous in disseminating his message as Allah the Most High says: "This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favor unto you,and have chosen for you Al-Islam as religion." (5:3)".

So do the Innovators respect the Qur'aan and do they respect the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) or his Sunnah?

Abu Uthmaan as-Saaboonee (d. 449H) - may Allaah have mercy upon him - said: "I heard al-Haakim Abu Abdullaah al-Haafidh saying: I heard Abu Alee al-Husain bin Alee al-Haafidh saying: I heard Ja?far bin Ahmad bin Sinaan al-Waasitee saying: I heard Ahmad bin Sinaan al-Qattaan say: ?There is no innovator in [this] world except that he detests the Ahl ul-Hadeeth (the People of Hadeeth) - so when a man innovates (into the religion) the sweetness of the hadeeth is removed from his heart."

Rather the truth of the matter is that all these deviant and astray groups and sects (who hide behind the label of Sunni Islam), have a shared disrespect of the Qur'an and the Sunnah.

Fourthly: They say, "... a shared dependence on the interpretations and derivations of the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) ...".

Since when has the Ash'aree or Maatureede had any dependence on the narrations from the Companions regarding Allaah's uluww (highness) above the creation? Rather they only have dependence upon 'ilm ul-kalam.

Since when has the Ash'aree or Maatureedee respected the saying of Zaynab, the wife of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), "It is your parents who gave you in marriage to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam), whereas it is Allah Who gave me in marriage to him from above the seven heavens".

Or the saying of Abu Bakr (radiallaahu anhu),  "He who was worshipping Muhammed (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam) , (let him know that) Muhammed is dead, and he who was worshipping Allah, (let him know that) Allah is above the heaven Ever-Living, never dies."

It should be known that all of the innovators have a shared disrespect for the interpretations and opinions of the Companions as it relates the fundamentals of Tawheed and Aqidah. This is what unites them all, for they can only support their deviant creeds by throwing away the statements of the Companions that oppose their deviant creeds. Whilst they may take and adopt the view of the Companions in the furoo' and legal rulings, they do not respect the statements of the Companions in the affairs of aqeedah. As they say, "The way of the Salaf is safer (aslam), and the way of the Khalaf is wiser / more precise (ahkam)". What is this but disrespect of the Salaf, at the head of them, the Companions?

Fifthly: They say, "... and a shared respect for the writings of a vast array of scholars who have been identified by their support for and affiliation with the Sunni Muslims and have been accepted as the luminaries of Sunni Islam - as broadly defined."

The intent behind this is to legitimize all of the callers to innovation, deviation and destruction from all of the sects past and present and include them within the deceptive label of "broad Sunni Islam".

Yasir al-Qadhi says, "All of the parties that have signed on to this document identify themselves as being from the tradition of Sunni Islam. And it is an undeniable historical reality that this label has been used by a number of diverse, and at times contradictory, theological groups, for the last thousand years of Islam. I personally have no qualms considering these groups within the broad fold of Sunni Islam"

Thus, they want to include every deviant innovator, a caller to his innovation and legitimize them all.

Look at the language used, "vast array of scholars" (read "from every sect and group"), "Sunni Islam - as broadly defined", (read "inclusive of all of the astray sects", those condemned in the Qur'an and the Sunnah).



Summary

We can observe the attempted fraud perpetrated by way of this pledge that aims to legitimize the differing and splitting that has been condemned by the Qur'aan and the Sunnah.

A fraudulent claim is made that the "Divine Word", meaning the Qur'aan recognizes all of the different sects and groups in Islam and they portray these sects as being acceptable to Allaah, whereas Allaah has indeed condemned those who split the religion by way of their innovations.

Then they claim that all of these sects and groups respect the Qur'an and the Sunnah and the views and statements of the Companions, and this is not true. For no innovator who innovates in the religion has truly respected the Qur'an. Rather he has considered the religion deficient. Nor has he respect the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and nor has he respected the Companions or their knowledge, for he did not suffice himself with their knowledge.

Thus the pledge attempts to portray a rosy picture of the Jahmiyyah, the Mu'tazilah, the Khawarij, the Murji'ah, the Qadariyyah, the Mutasawiffah, the Mufawwidah, the Ash'ariyyah, the Maatureediyyah and all the astray sects who turn away from the Book and the Sunnah in their creed and in their methodologies in the derivation of the creed and to make all these differences in creed to be acceptable.

And then finally, by way of this first paragraph, they try to legitimize the scholars of every deviant group and sect, "vast array", "as broadly defined", the say and Yasir al-Qadhi endorses this fully and says, "this label [of Sunni Islam] has been used by a number of diverse, and at times contradictory, theological groups, for the last thousand years of Islam. I personally have no qualms considering these groups within the broad fold of Sunni Islam".




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An Old Question and Answer of Imaam al-Albaanee (rahimahullaah) Demolishes the Pledge Of Unity and Cooperation - Listen To His Answer To This Question

From Sunnah Publishing (See Post Above But One)


Maashaa'allaah, it is as if this question was asked in relation to this pledge!! Read that astray pledge, and then read this question and listen to the answer (English translation is within the audio itself).


Question:The Muslims today have split up into factions and parties and Allaah, the Sublime and Exalted, has prohibited splitting up and differing. So amongst the Muslims today, this one is Salafee and this one is Ash'aree and this one is Soofee and this one is Maatureedee. The question is, is it not possible to overlook the walaa and baraa (the allegiance and enmity) in aqidah in order to unite the word for the purpose of confronting the enemies of Allaah and His Messenger.

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Truly, the question put to Shaykh al-Albaanee in the aforementioned sound byte speaks of one of the aims of this pledge.  Namely, to confront the media onslaught and negative image of Islaam and the Muslims, as well as acheiving political power in the west.  This was alluded to more than once by Yasir and his fellow pledgee: Tawfique Chowdhury and others.

Yasir Qadhi wrote that from the aims of the recent pledge for unity upon falsehood is,

quote:
...and at a community level they should come together in order to counter any and all negative and false images of Islam.


He also wrote,

quote:
Therefore there needs to be a more pragmatic and realistic attempt at cooperation, one that retains our traditionalisms and respects our historical traditions, yet at the same time takes into account the context of our current political and social situation.


The fellow pledgee, Tawfique Chowdhury, hurried to chime in,

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As far as I am concerned, I am convinced that the state of dawah that we are in, with our religion being insulted at every second article and our Prophet at every second cartoon editorial, the very future existence of muslims minorities at question and our own muslim countries being erroded day by day through the silent work of missionaries - it then falls upon the able, to unite in a manner and upon a platform that is possible to unite on, to present a more cohensive front to the intellectual, political and media onslaught on our way of life and our values and ideals.


It must be noted here that Yasir and his lot are relelatively late in actualizing the vision that was originally expounded years ago by one of Yasir's Shaykhs.

Ja'far Idris said in a lecture entitled, "Unity Among Western Muslim Communities" delivered more than a decade ago,

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I think it is very important for Muslims living in the West - let us just confine ourselves to the United States - it is very important for Muslims living in the West to be united, because, as I said, I think yesterday, whether we like it or not, we are all considered as Muslims. There is only one label, and sometimes even fundamentalist Muslims. And even those who don't go to the mosque, since they are Muslims they will be called fundamentalists. And someone said all Muslims are by definition fundamentalists. So there is no way of running away from this, we are all Muslims, we are all fundamentalists, according to some people, and we will be treated as such, so it is better for us to be united. The ideal thing is for all the Muslims, all over the United States, to have one organization, one leadership. And that organization will include all Muslims, whether they are Salafis, or people who have some deviation from the Sunnah, because the Prophet sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam said that this Ummah will be divided - you know the hadeeth of the Prophet - that they will be divided, but all those divisions are divisions of Muslims.


This is Yasir's guide, as Yasir himself, said,

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Others whom I respect and would turn to for guidance in matters related to the situation of Western Muslims are Sh. Jafar Idris and Sh. Salah al-Sawi. I spoke with both of these Shaykhs about cooperating on a public level with certain famous individuals (who have also signed the pledge)....




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The Undeniable Connection Between The "Green Lane, Markaz Jam'iyyah Ahlel-Hadith UK" and Yaasir Qadhi, Tawfique Chowdhury, Abdur-Raheem Green and Usamah Hasan



It is an undeniable fact that these signatories are upon the same methodology as the likes of Abdul-Hadi Omari, Hafizullah Khan and Suhaib Hasan (all heads and leaders of the Jam'iyyah Ahlel-Hadith). In fact Usamah Hasan is the son of Suhaib Hasan and one of the Khateebs and teachers in the Mosque of Suhaib Hasan. Likwewise "Sidi" Abu 'Aaliyah, who teaches and serves as one of the Jumu'ah Khateeb's at Masjid Al-Tawhid in East London (Suhaib Hasan's Mosque!). As for Yasir Qadhi and Tawfique Chowdhury, then they regularly deliver sermons and lectures at the centres of the "Jam'iyyah Ahlel-Hadith" around the UK. The poster displayed here is only one example whereby Yasir Qadhi and Tawfique Chowdhury are seen lecturing at the headquarters of the "Jam'iyyah Ahlel-Hadith" in the UK at Green Lane Mosque alongside non other than Abu Usamah, another Imaam and Khateeb of the Jam'iyyah Ahlel-Hadith.

We mentioned earlier that if one looks at the statements of Yasir Qadhi and Tawfique Chowdhury, they are merely mirror-images of the statements of their elders in the Jam'iyyah. Just look at page 1 of this thread.

Our question:

What is the difference between the manhaj of Abdul-Hadi Omari, Suhaib Hasan (of the Jam'iyyah) UK and that of Yasir Qadhi and Co.?

Answer:

No difference. So we should not focus only on Yasir Qadhi and this company of signatories, but upon the manhaj of these people as a whole, whether they signed or not!

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Distinguishing the Sunni From The Bid'iyy

Excerpt From the book: Juz'un Feehi Imtihaan us-Sunnee Min al-Bid'iyy
by Abul-Faraj Abdul-Wahid bin Muhammad ash-Sheeraazee al-Maqdisi (d. 486H).

The author covers a series of aspects of the Islamic 'aqidah and separates the Sunni stance from the bid'iyy stance.

Yasir al-Qadhi expresses his belief:
quote:
"All of the parties that have signed on to this document identify themselves as being from the tradition of Sunni Islam. And it is an undeniable historical reality that this label has been used by a number of diverse, and at times contradictory, theological groups, for the last thousand years of Islam. I personally have no qualms considering these groups within the broad fold of Sunni Islam."


And Abul-Faraj Abdul-Wahid bin Muhammad ash-Sheeraazee (rahimahullaah) clarifies the Sunni from the Bi'diyy just over a 1000 years ago:


Concerning Imaan:
  • If he says: Imaan is speech, action, intention and agreement with the Sunnah, then he is a Sunni
  • If he says: Belief in the heart he is an Ash'ari
  • If he says: Speech without action, he is a Murji'


Concerning Allaah's Speech:
  • If he says: He spoke with it (i.e. the Qur'an) with letter and voice he is a Sunni
  • If he says: His speech is established with His Dhaat he is an Ash'ari
  • If he says: He brought about the speech (in someone other than Himself) he is a Mu'tazili


Concerning The Qur'an, did Jibreel descend with it to the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) or is it merely an authored expression:
  • If he says: He (Jibreel) descended with the Qur'aan (itself) he is a Sunni
  • If he says: He (Jibreel) descended with his expression (of it in meaning) he is an Ash'ari


Concerning the Creator, is He ascended above the Throne or not:
  • If he says: He is ascended above the Throne without asking how he is a Sunni
  • If he says: No, then he is an Ash'ari Mu'tazili


Concerning Allaah the Most High, does he become angry and pleased:
  • If he speaks with this he is a Sunni
  • If he rejects it he is a Jahmi Kafir
Some of the salaf made takfir of the Jahmiyyah due to their general rejection of the Names and Attributes and considered them outside of the 72 astray sects, but this was takfir un-naw' (takfir based on type) and not takfir bil-ayn.


Concerning the Creator, the Mighty and Majestic, will He be seen on the Day of Judgement or not:
  • If he speaks with it he is a Sunni
  • If he denies it he is a Mu'tazili
  • If he says: The disbelievers will see him, he is a Saalimi


Concerning the the Descent (an-Nuzool):
  • If he says: He descends every night, he is a Sunni
  • If he denies it he is an Ash'ari


Since when have the orthodox Sunni Scholars who are upon the aqidah of the Companions held the astray groups to be from Sunni Islam and applied the label of "Sunni" to them?




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An Innovated Methodology!

Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (died 728H) stated,

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"...And there is another group, a people who do not know the 'aqeedah of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah as is obligated, or they know some it and are ignorant of some of it. And that which they know of it, they conceal and do not clarify it to the people, and they do not forbid from innovations nor do they censure [or critise] and punish the people of bid'ah.

Rather, they may censure [or criticise] the speech concerning the Sunnah and the foundations of the Religion absolutely.

Indeed they do not differentiate between the saying of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah and the saying of Ahlul-Bid'ah wal-Furqah, or they condone everyone upon their various differing Madhhabs, just as the 'Ulamah accept the positions of Ijtihaad which are allowable in the matters of differing.

And this is the condition of many amongst the Murji'ah, some of those [who claim to] possess fiqh, the Soofees and the the Philosophers."


(Majmoo' al-Fataawa, vol. 12)


So we ask you, O sincere reader! Who are the ones guilty of these evil characteristics mentioned by Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taimiyyah, rahimahullaah? Is it not the very same individuals we have been mentioning above? Those who call to co-operation with Ahlul-Bid'ah and call for us to unite upon false beliefs? Those who praise the heads of Ahlul-Bid'ah and belittle the heads of Ahlus-Sunnah?

Read again, and ponder! O Sunnee! This is not just a question of one individual's faulty understanding, but rather an organised attempt to re-define the 'usool of the Salaf in the garbs of Salafiyyah!

Yasir Qadhi:
quote:
"It is important to stress, however, that the purpose of this pledge is not to vindicate or justify one ideology over another*. These differences have existed within Sunni Islam (in the broad sense of the term) for the last twelve centuries"

* i.e. Yasir Qadhi's goal is not to justify or prove the worth of one belief or aqeedah over another because these variant beliefs have existed for 1200 years and they get in the way of us uniting for a political goals!!

Just look up the term 'vindicate' in any dictionary and understand the seriousness of what he is calling to!


Yasir Qadhi:
quote:
"All of the parties that have signed* on to this document identify themselves as being from the tradition of Sunni Islam. And it is an undeniable historical reality that this label has been used by a number of diverse, and at times contradictory, theological groups, for the last thousand years of Islam."

* It is clear from that which we have shown that some of the other signatories have backgrounds drenched in the stench of Grave-worship, shirk and innovations


Suhaib Hasan stated:
quote:
?My own translation of Imam at-Tahawi's brilliant text in the 1980?s was perhaps the first attempt to introduce this creed to the English speaking Muslim world. It is extremely pleasing that two decades later several other translations have appeared culminating in this outstanding effort by the esteemed Shaikh Hamza Yusuf.?

Dr. Suhaib Hasan. Al-Quran Society, London UK.
After page 167, ?Apprecaition for the Creed of Imam at-Tahawi.?
'The Creed Of Imaam at-Tahawi', translation, introduced and annotated by Hamza Yusuf* (!)

* We'll comment on this translation and explanation of Hamza Yusuf later, inshaa'Allaah.


Hafeez Ullah Khan (MJAH):
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?The whole purpose of this discussion is that the Ummah is a victim of splitting and splintering ? it is in dire need of unity and strength and brotherhood.

My friends, me stating this does NOT mean that the Religious and Islamic organizations that exist have to lose their specific identities and titles and become one entity ? No, but rather every organization and every jamaa?ah should remain established upon their own individual identities* and come together making their unity apparent."

* There is no doubt that numerous pledges and agreements that this individual and his organisation (MJAH) have made with the worst of the Raafidah Shi'ah and extreme Soofees makes the 'Unity Pledge' of Yasir Qadhi fade into the shadows. They have made electoral agreements with Shi'ites, Brelewies, Naqshbandees, Deobandis and Ikhwaanis. Just read what the head of this organisation, Abdul-Hadi stated below about his "beloved scholars"..


Abdul-Hadi Omari (MJAH):
quote:
"..In every school of thought for their great Scholars, such as Shabir Ahmad Uthmaanee, who was a GREAT SCHOLAR of the religion from the Deobandee* school of thought. He has written some small commentaries of the Qur'aan and other good works.

Also, AHMAD REZA KHAN from the BRELAWEE** school of thought, who was a GREAT SCHOLAR of the religion who has written many books.

Likewise, we have Sayyid Abu A'laa Mawdudi***, who was a very great scholar of the religion, rather he was the founder of JAMAT-E-ISLAMI, and has written a VERY GOOD and detailed explanation of the Qur'aan known as 'Tahfeemul-Qur'aan' and he has written many other books which have reached an international level, and of them are those which are FINAL REFERENCE POINTS for their particular topics...

...So all of these VERY, VERY GREAT SCHOLARS, then may Allaah be pleased with them all and may Allaah fill their graves with noor (light).."

* Deobandees are a group rooted in the 'aqeedah of Soofism and rigid blind-followers of what they regard to be the Hanafi Madhhab, which they have re-invented. They have many writings against the Salafis. In these times they have directed extreme hatred towards Shaikh Al-Albaanee (rahimahullaah). The caller to innovation and shirk Ashraf Ali Thanwi was from the 'scholars' of this sect.

** This extreme Soofee sect regards Salafis to be unbelievers and haters of the Prophet (salalaahu alaihi wassallam). They hold it obligatory to seek assistance and rescue from the dead saints. They believe the Prophet did not die and is still alive and present everywhere and watching everyone and he responds to those who call upon him. They hold Shaikhul-Islaam Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhaab to be an apostate kaafir, and an enemy of Islaam.

*** This individual is a well-known revolutionary who made several disgusting statements regarding the Companions and even the Prophets, to the extent he compares the Prophet Yoosuf (alaihis-salaam) to the Second World War murderous dictator of Italy mussolini!


Yasir Qadhi:
quote:
"I am eager to further my relationship with them*; I sense a genuine spirit of Islamic brotherhood whilst amongst them; I wish the best for them and their da`wah**; I am desirous to benefit from their wisdom and knowledge."

* He means Soofees, Ash'arees, Grave-worshippers, Jahmees and Maatureedees.
** Only one with an illness in his heart would wish Ahlul-Bid'ah the best for their da'wah. A da'wah that calls to the Fire of Hell!


Yasir Qadhi:
quote:
"Even if I disagree with some specific theological doctrines* of other signatories, I am proud to call all of them my brothers in faith; I am always honored to be in their company; I am eager to further my relationship with them; I sense a genuine spirit of Islamic brotherhood whilst amongst them; I wish the best for them and their da`wah; I am desirous to benefit from their wisdom and knowledge**."

* 'Theological doctrines', i.e. aqeedahs, beliefs!
** He wishes to benefit from the 'wisdom and knowledge' of the Soofees, Jahmees and Grave-worshippers.


Hasan al-Banna:
quote:
"You know, O brothers, that there is no Imaam in the present day and it is necessary for us to forget everything and abandon everything (in disputes) for freeing the Islamic lands.."


Syed Qutb:
quote:
"And Islaam does not feel uneasy about about the differences of mankind in 'aqeedah and manhaj, rather it considers this as something necessitated by natural disposition and a goal from a Higher Will..."


Different names.. same corrupt ideology!

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Shaykh Salih al-Fawzan on the Various Groups and Sects
(That Would Be Considered to Be "Sunni" By the Pledge)

From al-Ajwibah al-Mufeedah



Q. Is the one who affiliates himself with the various (Islamic) groups to be considered an innovator?

A. This depends upon the nature of the groups. The one who affiliates himself with those groups that have some opposition to the Book and the Sunnah is to be considered an innovator.

Q. What is your general ruling upon the various Islamic groups?

A. Everyone who opposes the Jamaa?ah of Ahl us-Sunnah then he is astray. We do not have but a single Jamaa?ah and they are Ahl us-Sunnah. Wal-Jamaa?ah. Whatever opposes this Jamaa?ah, then it is in opposition to the manhaj (methodology) of the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam).

Q. Should one mix with these groups or should they be avoided?

A. When the intention behind mixing with them is to call them (to the truth), ? and it is done by those who have knowledge and insight ? to adhere to the Sunnah and to abandon their error(s), then this is something good and is from calling to Allaah. However, if this mixing is only for the purpose of accompaniment and entertainment, without any da?wah and without any clarification [of their errors], then this is not permissible. Hence it is not permissible for a person to mix with the opposers except in a manner in which some Sharee?ah benefit can be attained, such as calling them to the correct Islam, clarifying the truth to them that they may return to it ? such as when Ibn Mas?ood, may Allaah be pleased with him, went to the Innovators who were in the mosque, stood in front of them and rejected their innovation. And like Ibn ?Abbaas, may Allaah be pleased with him, who went to the Khawarij, argued with them and refuted their misconceptions and as a result of which some of them returned to the truth.

Therefore, mixing with them in this manner is something that is desirable. But if they persist upon their falsehood, then it is obligatory to avoid and shun them and to struggle against them for the sake of Allaah.

Q. Do these groups enter into the seventy-two sects that are headed towards destruction?

A. Yes. Everyone who opposes Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa?ah from amongst those who associate themselves to Islam in the arena of da?wah, or aqidah, or anything from the pillars of Iman, then such ones enter into the seventy-two sects and the threat (of Hellfire) encompasses them. He will be censured and punished to the extent of his opposition.

Q. Is it obligatory upon the Scholars to make clear to the Muslim youth and the general folk about the dangers of sectarianism, splitting and separate groups.

A. Yes. It is obligatory to explain the danger of sectarianism, the danger of separating and splitting into groups in order that the people have clear insight (into these affairs). This is because even the common folk are deceived. How many of them now have been deceived by these groups, thinking that they are upon the truth? Hence, it is necessary for us to explain to the people, the students and the general folk about the danger of groups and sects. The reason for this is that when they (the scholars) remain silent, the people begin to say: ?The scholars used to know about this but they remain quite and from this avenue, misguidance appears. Therefore, it is vital to clarify matters when issues such as these arise. The danger to the general folk is more abundant than the danger that would be caused to the students because the general folk consider the silence of the scholars to mean that it is correct and that it is the truth.

Q. Is it obligatory to warn against the methodologies that oppose the methodology of the Salaf?

A. Yes, it is obligatory to warn against the methodologies in opposition to that of the Salaf. This is from the nasihah(sincerity of purpose) that is due to Allaah, His Book, His Messenger, the leaders of the Muslims and the general folk. We caution against the people of evil and we warn against the methodologies in opposition to the methodology of Islaam and we explain the harmful effects of these matters to the people. We also encourage them to remain steadfast upon the Book and the Sunnah. All of this is obligatory. However, this is the responsibility and concern of the People of Knowledge for whom it is obligatory to engage in this matter; that they should make it clear to the people with the method that is legislated, suitable and successful, by the permission of Allaah.

Q. Does the correctness of a person?s methodology determine Paradise or Hellfire for him?

A. Yes. When a person?s methodology is correct he becomes one of the inhabitants of Paradise. So when he is upon the methodology of the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and the methodology of the Salaf us-Salih, he becomes one of the people of Paradise by the permission of Allaah. But when he traverses upon the methodology of those who are astray, he has been threatened with Hellfire.[1]


NOTES

[1] And he is under the will of Allaah, the Most High ? this is the aqidah of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa?ah. And if it had not been the case that the correctness of a person?s manhaj determines entry into Paradise or Hellfire, then what would be the benefit in his (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam?s) statement: "And this Ummah will split into seventy-three sects, all of them in the Hellfire except one." The Sahabah asked, "And which one is that?" He said, "That which I and my Companions are upon today."

Therefore, whoever is upon the guidance of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and his Companions, then he is from the people of Paradise and whoever is upon other than that, then his is the second [destination]. And it is also well known and established in the view of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa?ah that the seventy-two destroyed sects mentioned in the hadith will not remain in the Hellfire forever. And no one from Ahl ul-Hadith says this, therefore reflect over this. Unless the person?s innovation is mukaffarah (takes one outside the fold of Islaam) or the sect is one of apostasy, and Allaah knows best.




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Suhaib Hasan:
"This outstanding effort by the esteemed Shaikh Hamza Yusuf"


** Suhaib Hasan one of the well-known heads of the Jam?iyyah Ahl al-Hadith. He has been refuted by several Salafi Shaikhs including Shaikh Muqbil, Shaikh Rabee?, Shaikh Muhammad bin Haadee and Shaikh Ubaid, based upon clear proofs. Not surprisingly his followers and supporters refuse to accept criticism of him even after clear evidences. They cite that Shaikh Wasi?ullaah praises him. However, this praise cannot be used as a proof in the presence of over-whelming evidences against him. It would be suitable for those who now accept our criticism of Yasir Qadhi, the signatories and this ?pledge? to now accept also our criticism of Suhaib Hasan and the heads of MJAH, since the root of this deviated Manhaj is one.

There is no doubt that there is agreement between father and son regarding their desire to lavish praises upon Ahlul-Bid?ah, and their desire to be close to them and compromise their own ?aqeedah in the process, and to even praise the ?aqeedah of the Ahlul-Bid?ah.

A clear example of this is the praise of Suhaib Hasan upon the translation and explanation of ?The Creed Of Imam Al-Tawahi? of Hamza Yusuf. Suhab Hasan states:

quote:
?My own translation of Imam at-Tahawi's brilliant text in the 1980?s was perhaps the first attempt to introduce this creed to the English speaking Muslim world. It is extremely pleasing that two decades later several other translations have appeared culminating in this outstanding effort by the esteemed Shaikh Hamza Yusuf.?

Dr. Suhaib Hasan. Al-Quran Society, London UK.
After page 167, ?Apprecaition for the Creed of Imam at-Tahawi.?


In this book Hamza Yusuf attacks the creed of the Salaf and falsely accuses the Imaams of the earliest generations (the Salaf). Hamza Yusuf states regarding the Mushabbihah or Mujassimah (the Anthropomorphists):

quote:
?This group arose in the formative period of Islamic theology, around the second century. Insisting that all references to God in the Qur'an are literal, the Anthropomorphists reject the rhetorical use of metaphor* therein. They view certain verses as proof that God is located in space and has limbs. A strict traditional Sunni perspective views anyone who takes such verses literally as an anthropomorphist?

While al-Tahawi is clearly opposed to this group, and certain sections in his creed address the group's specific heresies, many anthropomorphists have appropriated his creed as their own and interpreted his clear statements in novel ways to avoid the conclusions one must draw from a more standard reading of the text."

?The Creed Of Imam Al-Tawahi? of Hamza Yusuf, p 123.

* A metaphor is a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another. Or one thing conceived as representing another. This is the defining method of the innovators of the Ash'ariyyah sect. For example, they re-asign the meaning of "Hand" and "Face" to mean something else. See the statement of Imaam at-Tirmidhee below for a clear example.


Rather, it was the making of metaphors (false intrepetations) for the Attributes of Allaah that the early Scholars rejected as well as resembling the Attributes of Allaah to the creation.

How and from which perspective could Suhaib Hasan describe this nonsense as an, "outstanding effort by the esteemed Shaikh Hamza Yusuf.?.

It is an 'outstanding effort' by an Ash'aree at attacking the 'aqeedah of the Salaf. Indeed the method of the Sahaabah and those who followed them was indeed to take the Attributes of Allaah, the Most High, upon their apparent meaning. And the way of the Anthropomorphists (the Mushabbihah or Mujassimah) was to make resemblance and likeness between the Creator, Allaah and the creation.

Speaking about those Prophetic narrations which mention the Attributes of Allah, Imaam at-Tirmidhee (died 279H) said in his Sunan (1/128-129):

quote:
"It has been stated by more than one person from the People of Knowledge about such Prophetic narrations, that there is no tashbeeh (resemblance) to the Attributes of Allaah. And our Lord, the Blessed and Most High, descends to the lowest heaven every night.

So they say: "Affirm these narrations, have eemaan (faith) in them, do not deny them, nor ask how."

The likes of this has been related from Maalik ibn Anas, Sufyaan ath-Thawree, Ibn Uyainah and Abdullaah ibn al-Mubaarak, who all said about such Prophetic narrations: "Leave them as they are, without asking how."

Such is the saying of the People of Knowledge from the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa?ah. However, the Jahmiyyah oppose these narrations and say: This is tashbeeh (anthropomorphism)!

However, Allaah the Most High, has mentioned in various places in His Book, the Attribute of al-Yad (Hand), as-Sama? (Hearing), and al-Basr (Seeing) - but the Jahmiyyah make ta?weel (the rhetorical use of metaphor) of these verses, explaining them in a way, other than how they are explained by the People of Knowledge. They say: Indeed, Allaah did not create Aadam with His own Hand, they say that 'Hand' means the 'Power' of Allaah."


Ishaaq ibn Ibraheem ar-Raahawaih (Died 238H) said:

quote:
"Tashbeeh (resemblance or anthropomorphism) is if it is said: 'Hand like my hand, or similar to my hand', it is said: 'Hearing like my hearing, or similar to my hearing, then this is tashbeeh'.

But if what is being said is what Allah has said: Hand, Hearing and Seeing, and it is not asked how, nor is it said: 'Like my hearing, or similar to my hearing', then it is not tashbeeh. Allaah, the Most Blessed and Most High, said in His Book: "There is none like Unto Him, and he is the all-Hearing, the all-Seeing."(Soorah ash-Shooraa 42:11)"


Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal (died 241H) stated regarding the Seeing of Allaah:

quote:
"And the Prophet narration, in our estimation, is to be taken upon its apparent meaning (alaa dhaahirihi), as it has come from the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wassallam). And indulging in theological rhetoric with respect to it is an innovation.

But rather we have faith in it as it came, upon its apparent meaning and we do not dispute with anyone regarding it."

Usoolus-Sunnah Of Imaam Ahmad Bin Hanbal.


And this is what Hamza Yusuf regards to be the Anthropomorphism! And this creed Suhaib Hasan calls the "outstanding effort by the esteemed Shaikh Hamza Yusuf.?!

Ibn Abdul-Barr (died 463H) said:

quote:
"Ahlus-Sunnah are agreed in affirming all the Attributes which are related in the Qur'aan and Sunnah, having eemaan (faith) in them and understanding them in a real sense ('alal-haqeeqah), NOT METAPHORICALLY ('alal-majaaz)"

At-Tamheed of Ibn Abdul-Barr 7/145


And there are hundreds of statements of the Imaams that support this. Please refer to the 'Aqidah section of www.salafipublications.com

So in reality the definition of Hamza Yusuf of the Anthropomorphists (the Mushabbihah or Mujassimah) is false. In reality it is an attack upon the very foundation of the aqeedah of the Salaf in the Tawheed of the Names and Attributes of Allaah. Shame on Suhaib Hasan for his blind praise of this deviant Soofee Ash'aree.

As if this was not enough, Hamza Yusuf cannot even claim ignorance of the 'aqeedah of the Salaf and the Salafi Imaams in explanation of the creed of Imaam at-Tahaawee. He bears witness against himself by quoting the books he read in the research of his compilation. He read the following and mentions them as Arabic sources:

1. Salih b. Fawzan Al-Fawzan, "al-Ta'liqat al-mukhtasarah 'ala matn al-'aqidah al-Tahawiyyah".

2. Muhammad Nasir al-Din al-Albani, "al-'Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah: sharh wa ta'liq".

3. Ibn Abi al-'Izz, "Sharh al-'aqidah al-Tahawiyyah".

He even references Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah and Ibn Taymiyyah's Majmoo' al-Fatawaa! So what excuse does this Soofee have in deliberately opposing the 'aqeedah of the Salaf?! And what excuse does Suhaib Hasan have in lavish praise of this Soofee!?

How could Suhaib Hasan have ignored Hamza Yusuf's strange and vague theological rhetoric regarding the Attributes of Allaah, as early as page 10, he states:

quote:
"Muslims also agree on the qualitative attributes of God, and differ only on the meanings of certain words used in conjunction with the divine name in the Qur'an or the prophetic traditions, WORDS such as "face," "hand," "throne" and a few others. Muslims should avoid such disputations?" p.10.


Is this now the 'aqeedah of Suhaib Hasan or has he 'sold out' whatever he learnt from his time at Madinah University, just like Yasir Qadhi.

This, indeed, was the 'aqeedah for which many of the Imaams were tortured, imprisoned and even killed, due to their love and defense of it. Indeed it was upon this 'aqeedah that Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taimiyyah wrote his works such as "Waasitiyyah" and "Hamawiyyah" and "Tadmuriyyah".

We believe as Qaadi Aboo Ya'laa (Died 458H) said:

quote:
"It is not permissible to repel these narrations, as is the way of the group from the Mu'tazilah. Nor to become pre-occupied with ta'weel (to explain away with metaphors) as is the way of the Ash'ariyyah.

It is obligatory to carry them upon their apparent (dhaahir) meaning ? and that the Attributes of Allaah do not resemble any one of His creation, nor do we have a creed that their any tashbeeh (resemblance) to them.

Rather, we believe in what has been reported from our Shaikh and our Imaam, Aboo Abdullaah Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Hanbal and others from the Scholars of As-haabul-Hadeeth."

(Ibtaalut-Ta'weelaat, p. 4)


Why do we find some who take active steps in distancing themselves from, and criticizing the 'Pledge' between Yasir Qadhi and Hamza Yusuf (amongst others), yet they remain silent about Suhaib Hasan? Maybe they themselves are ignorant of the underlying manhaj that is shared between them all.

They lie to Shaikh Wasi'Ullaah regarding Suhaib Hasan, Abdul-Hadi and the MJAH (Markaz Jam'iyyah Ahl al-Hadith) instead of explaining the reality to him, and they turn Shaikh Wasi'Ullaah against those truly upon Salafiyyah in the West!

Coming next: Hamza Yusuf affirms that his explanation of "The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi" is the creed of the Ash'ariyyah and Maatureediyyah and that he regards that to be the creed of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah!

Remember the words of Suhaib Hasan: "outstanding effort by the esteemed Shaikh Hamza Yusuf.?

So is anyone surprised that his son, Usamah Hasan and his student Abu Aliyah signed this evil pact?


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Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee On Suhaib Hasan Ten Years Ago

In a tape recorded on the 4th January 1997

Shaikh Muhammad al-Madkhalee said:


"I am more knowledgeable of Ihyaa? Turaath than him [Shaikh Suhaib], and more knowledgeable of ten of his likes - rather [more knowledgeable] than a whole world full [of the likes] him. For we know the Jam?iyyah perfectly and completely and we are not in need of him, nor of his likes and he will not increase our knowledge of the Jam?iyyah except like the drop in an ocean, it will not have any effect if it is removed or added. So we know the Jam?iyyah perfectly well. We know it in Kuwait and outside of Kuwait - and it is not Salafiyyah - even if it is claimed for it, that it is Salafiyyah - even if it adorns and beautifies itself to our respected Shaikh and Father [i.e. Shaikh Bin Baaz] and shows the face of Salafiyyah to him, for soon there will come a day when its reality will be unveiled. And our Salafi brothers who have abandoned it - then they are more knowledgeable of it than those besides them - and the testimony of the one who knows and is informed has precedence over that of others..."

"...Then what we have seen and have noticed from Shaikh Suhaib is that he is sympathetic and affectionate towards Ikhwaan ul-Muslimeen - he wants that he should deny that - a matter that we saw ourselves. In the summer that has past when I came to you and took part in the conferences which you held here in Birmingham. Some [written] questions came forward which were asking about the jamaa?ah of Ikhwaan and other jamaa?ahs of hizbiyyah and these questions would be passed on to Shaikh Suhaib and he would conceal and hide them - he did not desire to read them to me - and they were directed to me, asking about Ikhwaan ul-Muslimeen and about specific individuals and jamaa?aat.

And if it was not for the Brother al-Anjaraee - whom Allaah Azzawajall had placed there - and he was next to us and he knows the English language well - I would not have known that because the questions were written in the English language. And Shaikh Suhaib was disturbed that he should read them out because the Brother al-Anjaree requested that from him - or he himself informed me, that Shaikh Suhaib is doing that - so Shaikh Suhaib was disturbed and unsettled that he should read them - reluctant and unpleased that he should read them. This is the first thing.

As for the second then Shaikh Suhaib - from what has reached us - it has not reached us in such and such a way - but rather it has reached is in written form - something acknowledged officially, and if these words are a lie against him then let him [Shaikh Suhaib] publicise his freedom from it. So in Britain a conference was held in the month of Sha?baan from the 11th to the 13th in the year 1417 from Saturday to Monday - by the Muslim Students Society (MSS) of the United Kingdom and Eire. And it was the 35th conference - and this is a pure and unadulterated Ikhwaani conference - and the one who knows the nature of this jam?iyyah knows this.

And Suhaib Hasan was invited to it and his name is amongst the names of those who were present in this gathering. And this sheet of paper [poster] is a means of publicity for it which has been distributed and listen to those who have been invited to this conference: Faisal Mawlawi, Raashid al-Ghanouchi, Saleem al-Husanee or al-Husnee, Isaam al-Basheer, Ibraaheem as-Sanoussi, Fahmi Huwaidi - and the Ikhwaan suspect Fahmi Huwaidi of being a secularist! So how can they unite with him let alone that Shaikh Suhaib enters [the conference] thinking that he is a Salafi - Kamaal al-Hilbaawi, Munir Ahmad, Hasan Yoosuf, Hasan Huwaidi, Ahmad ash-Shaikh, Suhaib Hasan, Ahmad Mansoor, Usaamah at-Takreeti and others. And all of them are doctors as there is a prefix before each of their names so they indicate: The Ustaadh and Doctor Saleem al-Husanee, or al-Husnee, Doctor Issaam al-Basheer, Doctor Ibraaheem as-Sanoussi, Ustaadh Fahmi Huwaidi, Doctor Kamal al-Hilbawi, Doctor Munir Ahmad, Ustaadh Hasan Yoosfuf, Doctor Hasan Huwaidi, Shaikh Ahmad ash-Shaikh from Somalia, Shaikh Suhaib Hasan, the Ustaadh and Doctor Ahmad Mansoor, Usaamah al-Takreeti and others. So they are a group of people from Ikhwaan ul-Muslimeen.

Rather there are some amongst them whom the Ikhwaan ul-Muslimeen consider to be amongst their enemies such as Fahmi Huwaidi. So how can this man [Suhaib Hasan] come together with them. Then it reached me that he did not attend because he became ill or went to the hospital. I say that it is binding upon him - as he has been gathered in the ranks of those and it is not possible that his name is mentioned [in the list of the those who have been invited] except with [his] pleasure. And if this had been written [without his consent] then it is necessary for him to bring out and to publicise his freedom and innocence from this gathering and from taking part in this gathering..."




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The Sunni Pledge And What It Contains Of Manifest Falsehoods and

Opposition to the Divine Legislation


Part 3: The Opening Premises of Justification - The Second Paragraph


All praise is due to Allaah and prayers and salutations be upon His Messenger, to proceed:

The pledge then states:
quote:
"Likewise, detailed discussions in matters of theology are the specific domain of trained specialists, and proceed on the basis of well-defined principles and methodologies, which are beyond the knowledge of the generality of Muslims."




Issues Surrounding This Statement

Firstly: This statement includes that which is correct however it is  vague and general and can be interpreted and applied in falsehood.

Secondly: In explanation of the above, the understanding of the creed is not beyond the knowledge of the generality of the Muslims, for Allaah revealed the Revelation and likewise the Sunnah for all of the creation, for them to believe in Allaah and to worship Him alone.

As for believing in Him in the way that is desired then indeed the principles of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah in truth are easy to understand:
quote:
And it is from eemaan in Allaah to have eemaan in what Allaah has described Himself with in His Book and in what His Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) has described Him with, without changing the original meaning [of these texts] (Tahreef), without denying such attributes for Allaah (Ta'teel), without enquiring into their true nature (Takyeef) and without likening [His attributes] to those of the creation (Tamtheel).
This is what the Salaf are united upon, and this is plain and simple for anyone to understand. Thus when it is explained to the people, the people can understand it as their fitrah is inclined towards it.

When we read that Allaah becomes pleased and becomes angry, or hears and sees, we affirm these attributes without likening them to those of the creation and without enquiring into their true nature, as that knowledge is hidden from us. And the same for all the attributes.

This is what the Salaf were upon and the Muslims were upon this for generations until the Jahmiyyah arose, and the Mu'tazilah and later the product of these two groups, the Ash'ariyyah. (The Ash'ariyyah are really an extension of the Mu'tazila and they agree on many foundational issues in the Sifaat and Qadr and `Aql with the Jahmiyyah and Ash'ariyyah - the roots of the Ash'ariyyah are in the Mu'tazilah and the doctrines of the Jahmiyyah).

Thirdly: Their statement, "Likewise, detailed discussions in matters of theology are the specific domain of trained specialists, and proceed on the basis of well-defined principles and methodologies", then perhaps they are talking about ilm ul-kalaam, the theological rhetoric of the Mu'tazilah, the Ash'ariyyah and the Maatureediyyah, and the principles they have laid down that oppose the what the Salaf were upon.

For their principles proceed on the basis of the philosophies of the Greeks, and knowledge and comprehension of much of that is beyond the general Muslims. As for belief in Allaah, then it is simply a matter of affirming that which has come in the Book and the Sunnah. For when it is said to anyone, "Allaah has stated explicitly and implicitly in his Book that He is above the creation and thus we believe He is above the creation, separate from it", then that is believed in by people with a sound fitrah and they have no problem in its acceptance, and this is what the Ummah was upon as a whole prior to the innovations of the Jahmiyyah, Mu'tazilah and Ash'ariyyah. These principles of al-hayyiz and al-jihah and so on - those affairs used by these Innovators to negate Allaah's uluww - were unknown to those early Muslims.

Fourthly: There are detailed affairs of creed which are not for the common Muslims, but these detailed affairs of creed are those in which the Scholars of Ahl us-Sunnah refute the sophistry of the Innovators. The likes of ar-Raazee and the other heads of the Ash'ariyyah and the Mu'attilah in general laid down foundations and principles upon which their madhaahib were built. They then apply these principles and foundations to aspects of the belief, and in specific issues such as al-uluww, and al-iraadah and al-mashee'ah and so on. So there are indeed many issues which are not for the general Muslims.

However, the general Muslims are not obligated to know the likes of these affairs, they are obligated to simply affirm for Allaah whatever He affirmed for Himself and whatever the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) affirmed for Him - and this what the Salaf were upon. So yes, this statement in the pledge contains that which is true in a certain context, however, when they say, "and proceed on the basis of well-defined principles and methodologies...", then as many of the signatories are Jahmi, Mu'tazili and Ash'ari in their beliefs, one wonders what is truly intended by this statement.

The creed of Ahl us-Sunnah in truth is to affirm the narrations and what they contain of meanings and to pass them as they have come (i.e. with their meanings intact) and not to play and fool with these texts using their so called "well-defined principles and methodologies". If they mean what the Salaf were upon, then that is the truth, and if they mean the ilm ul-kalaam, then that is falsehood.

Thus, the reader must be aware that this opening statement in the pledge contains truth and falsehood, however what is likely intended is to legitimize the falsehood which is the madhhab of the Jahmiyyah, the Mu'tazilah and the Ash'ariyyah, and their theological rhetoric known as "ilm ul-kalaam" for that is the necessary "instrument" they need to establish their particular creed. As this is a broad vague statement, it is certain that they mean to include within its application, an array of different methodologies and principles regarding aqidah.

Attempting to bring harmony and unity in this manner is futile.




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The Similarity Between Yasir al-Qadhi and Safar al-Hawali Regarding their Denigration Of The Scholars


Stated Safar al-Hawali "I will say a word to our Ulamaa?? we do not always throw the blame in one direction only? especially for the one who lives under contention and in particular circumstances and upon whom (making) flattery and (certain) rules of behaviour are required ... Yes, they have a deficiency in knowing the state of affairs, they have deficiencies which we can complete and perfect ... because we have witnessed and lived these events and they have not witnessed these events, on account of the time period that they have lived (i.e. they lived in a different era) ... I say: May Allaah reward the Ulamaa, but we will complete (their deficiency) and perfect them, and we shall explain to them the true affairs ... and alongside that I say that the fundamental responsibility is upon us foremost, we the seekers of knowledge ... and some of those Ulamaa have begun to relinquish the affair (to others) because he is coming to the end of his age? so they are thinking about who will succeed them, they think 'Who?'..." (Cassette: "Fa Firroo Ilallaah")

Yasir al-Qadhi said, "With regards to going back to mashayikh oversees, then with all due respect to them I simply do not view this matter as being one that should go back to them. If I myself, having experienced first-hand the Western situation for the last few years, have changed my own views, and I am from the West, how would I then expect an alim who has lived his entire life in India or Saudi to understand our situation? Sometimes we place our ulamaa above the level they deserve, and that is a fact that needs to be said plainly and clearly. I say this with the utmost respect to them ? after all I owe my own knowledge (after the blessings of Allah) to them. But, in the end of the day, they are human beings, and a product of their own culture and civilization, just like I am a product of mine. Of course there are other issues associated with this matter as well, which to me are not as relevant as the first one (of them is the way that the question is presented to a Shaykh; after living in Madinah for a decade I can assure you that Western students in particular, and students in general, are able to present a scenario the way *they* see it - hence a fatwa is given that is simply not relevant to the actual situation, since it was interpreted through the eyes of the students). In any case, I have conferred with the people of knowledge whom I look up to and who are more aware of our situation than overseas Mashayikh, and they have said that I would have to weigh out the pros and cons, which I did."


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